The past few years have seen a tremendous shift in the way developers are building websites. More users have switched onto mobile platforms, along with newer browsers which support HTML5/CSS3 web standards. There are so many unique ideas flowing out of the design community – it seems like new thresholds are being replaced every few months!
I would like to go over some of the most recent trends we have seen evolving. Many of these design ideas have been around for a long time. But I would argue that over 2012 and moving into 2013 these unique ideas will flourish. There are so many open source projects and user interfaces which are offered online completely free for download. This creates an environment where new designers can enter the field and pick up on trends very quickly.
Mobile First Design
The idea of responsive design is not just limited to full websites scaling down smaller. The ideology surfacing among designers is to start with mobile and build your way up. There is an excellent article published on GoNext Solutions Web Design which talks about this very idea.
It is often much easier to plan your most important interface elements first and squeeze each of them into a mobile layout. If they don’t all fit you will have to drop a few. Simultaneously you could plan for how the layout will respond as the window grows larger. You will have room to include a sidebar, possibly 2 sidebars, along with numerous other page elements. The trend points towards a need to fill mobile interfaces as the priority among Internet users. Most desktop browsers will be happy with any style of layout, as long as everything works. This is much more difficult to nail down on mobile platforms so it’s useful to start out small while planning for a larger design.
A number of social media websites have begun applying infinite scroll effects onto dashboards and timelines and user feeds. This effect was gaining traction due to the popularity of Twitter and Tumblr’s unique layout style. And now more recently Pinterest has also adopted this infinite page scroll on their homepage.
Designers may be asking why this is even useful in the first place. Sure it provides a seamless interface without reloading the page. But then users will have a difficult time generating permalinks for the different pages. And while all of this is true, it brings up the important point that not every website will need infinite scrolling. I feel this trend works best when you can load information that doesn’t require a specific pagination style.
For example, blog archives seem like a poor choice because readers may want to go directly onto page 15 or 25 instead of scrolling down multiple times. But Tumbler or Pinterest are great ideas because the information is dynamic and constantly changing. What appears on the 1st or 2nd page of your Twitter feed will update over time and so the Ajax speeds are very noticeable in comparison. Nobody wants to be clicking “next page” to load the next set of tweets.
There are many other Creative Web Design Trands those are following there.
Natural Design Elements
Whitespace & Minimalism
Cleaner Source Code